Stowe, VT

Stowe-VermontDownhill Skiing / Snowboarding and XC Skiing / Snowshoeing, in New England’s most celebrated ski town

The combination of magnificent Mount Mansfield, the beauty of the Trapp Family Lodge and the old world charm of Stowe Village itself has beckoned guests to this mountain retreat for many years. With an average snowfall of 22 feet, the slopes in Stowe are typically blanketed in white from mid-December through April. And the cross-country trail system is unmatched in this country not only for size, but for beauty.

For the Downhill crowd, Stowe Mountain Resort offers the longest average trail length in the East. Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, is waiting for Snowboarders and Skiers with an 8-passenger gondola to some of the most challenging trails in Vermont. Beginners and intermediates might feel more comfortable on the slopes of neighboring Spruce Peak, only minutes away. Stowe is known as one of the best free riding mountains in America, but for some it’s all about the half pipe and terrain park and Stowe delivers the goods for that crowd, as well.

The resort’s Mt. Mansfield Touring Center offers cross-country skiing on 35 km of groomed terrain, 40 km of backcountry trails, and is interconnected with 3 other touring centers – 150 km of groomed terrain in all. You can enjoy an elegant lunch at the Fireside Tavern (near the Toll House lift) and, for the adventurous, free use of its chairlift. The scenic woods and meadows of the Trapp Family Touring Center are also a great favorite. Be sure to make the exhilarating trip (on skis or snowshoes) to ‘the Cabin’ where soup, sandwiches, hot chocolate and homemade cookies are savored fireside. Or enjoy lunch at the Lodge and find out why “the hills are alive with the sound of music”.

On Saturday night we’ll take the more energetic of the group to the Rusty Nail, a longtime favorite for locals as well as out-of-towners. But don’t over do it – you’ve got two more days of skiing ahead of you.

This trip is the quintessential mid-winter New England ski getaway.